Pelican ships 23 presses since lockdown

Pelican’s strong run of installs since May

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Pelican’s new ELS Solomark rotogravure press has been shipping in good numbers since May 2020 Photo: Pelican
Pelican’s new ELS Solomark rotogravure press has been shipping in good numbers since May 2020 Photo: Pelican

After losing the better part of two months, Pelican has shipped almost three dozen flexible packaging printing, converting, and special machines in the past six months. These include almost two dozen of its new generation rotogravure presses with improved metallurgy and mechanical engineering design. Pelican’s new generation gravure presses have improved stability while printing, improved web tension control and registration. The registration system and software have been considerably improved on the new generation presses for precision and ease of use. Also, there are improvements in the semi-flotation dryer for enhanced curing with the added benefit of reducing energy consumption.

Apart from its new generation gravure presses, the company has in the past six months shipped various converting equipment ranging from web inspection, more than half a dozen slitter rewinders, and some flexo woven sack printing machines. The company has also produced and shipped several unique machines that are critical for the production of wearables for the protection of health workers, right from its N95 mask manufacturing machine to special purpose machines for special applications on required materials.

Pelican has busy manufacturing gravure presses and converting equipment for flexible packaging from its new plant in Rajkot at a record rate. In addition, the company has used its design, engineering, and manufacturing agility and capabilities to take a full part in the effort to support health workers and citizens in confronting the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The company expects to keep shipping machines at a high rate till March end to complete the financial year on a positive note.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.

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